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Prickly Pear Cactus Surrounded by Bare Branches

Prickly Pear Cactus Surrounded by Bare Branches

This photograph shows a prickly pear cactus surrounded by bare branches and was taken along the Chihuanhuan Desert Trail of Big Bend National Park. Large orchards of prickly pear cacti were planted in Mexico and Peru many centuries ago; their fruits and pads were harvested and used as a food source.
Galleries: Chihuanhuan Desert Trail, Prickly Pears
Keywords: bare branches, big bend national park, brewster county, cactaceae, chihuanhuan desert trail, national park, opuntia, prickly pear cactus, texas, tx, yellow flowers
Photo Location: Chihuanhuan Desert Trail at Dugout Wells, Big Bend National Park, TX
Photographer: Dr. Roy Winkelman
Date of Photo: 02/17/2014
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure Time: 0.02
F Number: 16
Original Dimensions: 5616×3744
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 29°16'16.46"N 103°8'12.92"W
Picture Number: 27242